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New Program Offers a College Experience to Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Students

New Program Offers a College Experience to Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Students

by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 10, 2014
Last Edited: January 05, 2015 by Norma Kennedy
New Program Offers a College Experience to Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Students


SWAINSBORO, Ga. (Nov. 6, 2014) — Beginning Spring semester 2015, East Georgia State College (EGSC) will implement a new program that enables students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience college life. The grant-funded Post-Secondary Inclusion program is one of approximately 250 programs nationwide and one of three in Georgia. 
EGSC’s CHOICE Program (Creating Higher Education Opportunities to Increase College Experiences) is a two year non-degree college program. Directed by veteran educator Theresa R. Davis, the program will provide an opportunity for students who may traditionally be excluded from post-secondary education to participate in college classes and develop work readiness/employment skills.  The program does not currently offer on-campus housing for CHOICE students.
Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities may qualify for this program. 
An Intellectual Disability is a disability that originates before the age of 18 and is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior (everyday social and practical skills). 

A developmental disability is a chronic condition that develops before a person reaches age 22 and limits his/her ability to function mentally and/or physically.  These disabilities may include but are not limited to cerebral palsy and autism.

For each CHOICE student, program staff will create a unique and customized plan for achievement using a person-centered planning approach. Participating students audit traditional courses and complete specialized CHOICE courses to support development of specific skill sets, and participate in job shadowing/internships experiences on and off campus for career exploration and for the development of employment skills.

CHOICE participants are connected to student mentors who will assist with academic tutoring and campus navigation. In addition to the academic program, CHOICE students have access to the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center, recreation and exercise activities, sporting and entertainment events, and student clubs and organizations. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, participants are eligible for the CHOICE Certificate of Career Development.

Please visit the CHOICE webpage for additional program information or contact Mrs. Davis at 478-289-2191 or trdavis@ega.edu.

East Georgia State College provides access to higher education through Associate of Art degrees and targeted Bachelor of Science degrees that support the University System of Georgia’s focus on increasing college graduates for future workforce needs. The College also continuously engages the communities it serves through public service and cultural enrichment.